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    1. October 24, 2014

      Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos 6 and 14 – review

      Shostakovich Symphonies Nos 6 and 14 London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) These two live performances date from seven years...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Rachmaninov: Inside Out, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      It is 60 years since the authoritative Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians predicted that Rachmaninov’s music was “not...

    1. January 24, 2014

      Brahms: Symphonies Three and Four

      Four years ago, when this live recording was made in London’s Royal Festival Hall, I was a bit sniffy about Jurowski’s...

    2. January 17, 2014

      LPO/Vladimir Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      Critics love to criticise the music of James MacMillan. It’s a mish-mash of styles. It often sounds as if it was composed 60...

    3. December 16, 2013

      El Niño, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      First performed in December 2000, John Adams’s nativity oratorio El Niño is a work that straddled the millennium. In many...

    4. November 10, 2013

      Die Frau ohne Schatten, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review

      It began – and ended – in 2001. Herbert Wernicke startled the basically conservative Met with an astonishingly progressive...

    5. October 4, 2013

      Britten weekend, Southbank Centre, London – review

      Is Peter Grimes a self-portrait by Benjamin Britten? Ever since his death in 1976, it has been customary to categorise...

    6. October 3, 2013

      London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

      The timing was fortuitous. With a month to go until the centenary of Britten’s birth the long haul of anniversary events is...

    7. May 20, 2013

      Glyndebourne Festival, East Sussex, UK – review

      Starting an opera festival in the Great Depression must have been an act of faith. It was 1934 when John Christie took the...

    8. March 4, 2013

      The Threepenny Opera, Royal Festival Hall, London

      As the onstage band launched into the second-act finale of this once-notorious “play with music”, the auditorium lights came...

    9. January 21, 2013

      The Rest is Noise, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Where to start? Faced with the entire 20th century in music, the Southbank Centre’s year-long festival The Rest is Noise,...

    10. November 30, 2012

      London Philharmonic, Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Although many composers have had a strong social conscience, the dialectic of politics is not easily conducted through...

    11. October 8, 2012

      War and Peace, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Two great historical events cast shadows over Russia’s cultural heritage. The confrontation with Napoleon at the Battle of...

    12. September 21, 2012

      Pieces in times of war

      Witnessing the perfectly rhythmic applause that followed a performance of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony by the Russian...

    13. May 21, 2012

      The Cunning Little Vixen, Glyndebourne, East Sussex

      The opera that Janácek drew from a newspaper cartoon strip is, on the surface, a charmingly naive tale contrasting the...

    14. February 23, 2012

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Can it really be only 75 years since the death of Karol Szymanowski? So infused with exotic mysticism is the Polish...

    15. January 16, 2012

      Prokofiev - Man of the People?, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The question mark in the title is important. Although Sergei Prokofiev’s place among the great composers of the 20th century...

    16. December 16, 2011

      Sergei and the wolf

      I think that was partly why my grandfather died as young as he did,” says Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of the composer. “He...

    17. December 6, 2011

      LPO / Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      In past centuries the most successful composers were often the ones who allied themselves with aristocratic families, such...

    18. November 18, 2011

      Honegger: Symphony No 4 etc

      Paul Sacher, the Swiss music patron who died in 1999, often said his compatriot Arthur Honegger’s time would come. Maybe...

    19. September 26, 2011

      LPO/Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The financial outlook may be restrictive, but at least the imagination has not been cramped. Last weekend saw the Southbank...

    20. September 16, 2011

      Sonic boom

      What images come to mind when you hear the phrase “musical instrument”? A string quartet filing neatly around a grand piano?...

    21. August 9, 2011

      BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

      By Richard Fairman The average age of audiences at the BBC Proms has to be among the youngest for classical music in the...

    22. May 24, 2011

      Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Glyndebourne, England

      A festival setting, a summer’s day, a performance of Meistersinger: what more could the English operagoer want? Having...

    23. May 6, 2011

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      With only two weeks to go to the opening of the Glyndebourne season Vladimir Jurowski is giving the final polish to his...

    24. April 24, 2011

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The picture is almost complete. The two-year-long double anniversary of Mahler has provided an unrivalled opportunity to...

    25. February 5, 2011

      Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross

      Haydn The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross Vladimir Jurowski (London Philharmonic Orchestra) Haydn’s Seven Last...

    26. January 24, 2011

      OAE/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      Expect some high-octane performances in the concert hall this year. With the bicentenary of Liszt’s birth and the centenary...

    27. January 20, 2011

      LPO/Nézet-Séguin, Royal Festival Hall, London

      In his short but influential volume on Mahler, the late Deryck Cooke said that listening to Beethoven and Mahler was like...

    28. December 4, 2010

      Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Bach: The First Nowell

      Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Bach The First Nowell Vladimir Jurowski London Philharmonic Orchestra The Christmas...

    29. November 2, 2010

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      At last, an imaginative response to the Mahler anniversary. The problem with finding new ideas for the ongoing two-year...

    30. October 29, 2010

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      It has taken some time for Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, to claim the German...

    31. October 15, 2010

      Don Giovanni, City Halls, Glasgow

      There’s not much opera in Scotland these days: Glasgow and Edinburgh have just one staging between now and January. Concert...

    32. September 23, 2010

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      The world’s concert halls are so awash with Mahler this season, in honour of his double anniversary, that it is no longer...

    33. August 9, 2010

      The Rake’s Progress, Glyndebourne

      Heavenly simplicity: Miah Persson and Topi Lehtipuu It is not often that the designer gets the biggest cheer at the opera....

    34. March 13, 2010

      Rachmaninov: Symphony No 2, The Rock, Symphonic Dances and Piano Concertos 2 and 3

      Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, The Rock Gianandrea NosedaChandos Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, The Rock Vasily PetrenkoAvie...

    35. February 26, 2010

      LPO/Jurowski

      An unlikely shuffling of the cards has dealt London's musical scene a royal flush of little-known Russian operas. While...

    36. February 25, 2010

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London

      An unlikely shuffling of the cards has dealt London’s musical scene a royal flush of little-known Russian operas. While...

    37. February 23, 2010

      Czech festival

      The festival of Czech music that has been running in London's concert halls for the past three weeks has not made much of a...

    38. February 22, 2010

      Czech festival, Barbican/Festival Hall, London

      Energy: Jiri Belohlavek The festival of Czech music that has been running in London’s concert halls for the past three weeks...

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